The Growth and Decline of U.K. Jewish Neighbourhoods

Today sees publication of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research’s (JPR) second report on the 2011 UK National Census data. Their first report, published in December 2012, looked at the UK Jewish population at Local Authority District level, and noted that whilst the Jewish population of England and Wales has remained largely static since 2001, there are significant changes taking place at the more local level. This second report also focuses on geography, but drills down considerably further, examining the changes that have taken place within key Local Authority Districts.

Among the findings, the report demonstrates that the ward with the largest Jewish population in the country is Golders Green, which has grown in size by a third in ten years. However, this growth rate pales into insignificance next to other wards – notably Seven Sisters in Haringey, Cazenove in Hackney and Broughton in Salford – all of which have more or less doubled over the same period. Developments in south Hertfordshire can also be seen, with significant growth charted in Borehamwood Hillside and St Albans. But decline in other areas is also evident – notably in parts of Redbridge, Brent and Leeds.